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College of Arts and Sciences administrative records

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: GV034-09

Scope and Contents

This record series contains publications, Dean's Office files, faculty committee files, divisional, and department files from the College of Arts and Sciences, spanning from 1964 to about 1998, with the bulk of the files dating between 1967 and 1979.

Publications include course offerings, calendars, and schedules from the 1960s and 1970s, program brochures from the 1970s and 1980s, and manuals for faculty and department chairmen from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s.

The Dean's Office files contain the records of CAS Deans, and include general administrative files, memos and unit head meeting minutes; CAS committee and task force memos and minutes; the Deans' memos and minutes from university committees; and Dean's office departmental files.

Faculty files include CAS Faculty Senate, CAS Academic Planning Committee, and CAS Curriculum Committee agendas, minutes, notes and supporting materials from 1967 to 1983.

Division and School files contain an assortment of records including division meeting minutes and program and event brochures and fliers pertaining to the various educational divisions from 1964 to 1993.

Department files contain a similar assortment of records as the Division and School files, pertaining to the individual departments of the College of Arts and Sciences, from 1967 to 1992, with the bulk of materials dating between 1967 and 1977.


  • 1964 - 1998
  • Majority of material found in 1964 - 1982


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Conditions Governing Use

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.

Administrative History

In the earliest days of Grand Valley State, between its founding in 1960 and 1968, the college had a unified vision of 19th century classical liberal arts curriculum.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) grew out of Grand Valley's early unitary state when the School of General Studies was established in 1968. CAS educated the vast majority of Grand Valley Students, maintaining continuity with the foundational philosophy of education. At the same time, CAS became the focus of external pressures demanding a less rigid and more contemporary interpretation of a liberal arts education. As the College of Arts and Sciences responded to these external forces, it moved so far away from the pioneer foundationalist vision that a significant rupture occurred between the College of Arts and Sciences and the pre-1970 institution.

At first, the forging of a new educational philosophy in CAS was driven by the demands of students, politicians, and civic leaders. Throughout the 1970s, however, the College of Arts and Sciences' new pragmatic leadership began to shape the college in conformity to a nationally emerging regional comprehensive college model. During the 1970s, Grand Valley used a multiple college concept. The College of Arts and Sciences was joined by Thomas Jefferson College, William James College, and College IV, each with their own educational philosophy and curricular focus. From 1982 to 2004, academic programs were placed in divisions. The modern incarnation of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences was established in 2004, the merger of the Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities and Science & Mathematics divisions.

Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences were Glenn A. Niemeyer (1970-1973), John Linnell (1973-1975), John Gracki (1975-1978), and Charles Sorenson (1978-1982).


11.25 Linear feet (7 boxes and 7 cartons)

Language of Materials



Arranged in 5 subseries: 1) Publications, 2) Dean's Office files, 3) Faculty, 4) Divisions and Schools, and 5) Departments.

Processing Information

Former classifications and accession numbers: 101, 111, 112, 113, 75-16, 81-13, 2001-05.
College of Arts and Sciences administrative records
Special Collections & University Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States